Eleanor of Castile

Eleanor of Castile

Birth
Burgos, Provincia de Burgos, Castilla y León, Spain
Death 28 Nov 1290 (aged 50)
Harby, Newark and Sherwood District, Nottinghamshire, England
Burial Westminster, City of Westminster, Greater London, England
Memorial ID 8327744 · View Source
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English Monarch. Queen consort of King Edward I "Longshanks". The daughter of Ferdinand III of Castile (St. Ferdinand) and Joan of Ponthieu, she was married to Edward in 1250. She was 9, Edward was 15. Although this was purely an arranged, political marriage, it developed into a strong love affair. The couple had 16 children, but only 4 reached adulthood. Eleanor accompanied Edward on crusade to the Holy Land from 1270 to 1272, during which time she is reported to have saved his life after he was wounded. They returned to England, and upon the death of King Henry III, were crowned in 1272. She died in Nottinghamshire while en route to Scotland to join Edward. So grieved was Edward at her death, he ordered a cross erected at each stop her funeral cortege made during the journey back to London. Of the 12 "Eleanor Crosses", three are still standing today.

Bio by: Kristen Conrad



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  • Find a Grave Memorial 8327744
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Eleanor of Castile (10 Jan 1240–28 Nov 1290), Find a Grave Memorial no. 8327744, citing Westminster Abbey, Westminster, City of Westminster, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .